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Report: Mother Of Four Children Killed In House Fire Charged, Arrested

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Hope Hawkins is taken to the Darlington County Detention Center Thursday night. Hope Hawkins is taken to the Darlington County Detention Center Thursday night.
Four children died in a house fire in Hartsville. Four children died in a house fire in Hartsville.
A memorial has been set up to remember the children who died in a Hartsville house fire. A memorial has been set up to remember the children who died in a Hartsville house fire.

Hartsville, SC (WBTW-TV) - A Hartsville mother was charged Thursday night in connection with the deaths of her 4 young children in a house fire on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Hope Hawkins is the mother of 2 boys and 2 girls – ages 1 to 4 – who perished when their Depot Street mobile home caught fire just before 2 pm Wednesday.

Officials at the Darlington County Sheriff's Office confirm that the mother, Hawkins, was taken into custody just after 9 pm Thursday and booked at the Darlington County Detention Center.

She faces one count of unlawful conduct toward a child. Investigators say more charges are forthcoming.  Hawkins is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. court appearance.

Hawkins' arrest comes a little more than a day after her children were found dead hugging each other – at least two of them were found huddled in a closet of the home.

When fire crews arrived at the fiery single-wide home, which is reported to be the grandmother's, they found Hawkins in the front yard of the burning residence. It's unclear how many people lived in the house.

The children, who died from smoke inhalation, were twin 10-month-old daughters, and boys ages 2 and 4.

Inside the home were Myasia Hawkins and her twin sister, Kynasia Hawkins, their brother, Delonta Dixon 4, and Camaron Mason 2-years-old.

The grandmother arrived at the burned shell of the home on Thursday and was overcome with grief. Two women had to hold her up as she cried in front of the police tape that circled the house.

Meanwhile Thursday, vigil details were announced for Friday at 8:30 pm at Centennial Park in downtown Hartsville, Mayor Mel Pennington said.

The funeral is scheduled for next Friday, but those details have not been finalized.

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